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  • 04/30/2020 2:43 PM | Caroline Conklin (Administrator)
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    Emergency Preparedness

    American Red Cross Needs Help Now

    The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage due to the canceling of over 9,000 blood drives across the country. As a result of these cancellations, the need for space to host blood drives is crucial and the Red Cross has reached out to BOMA International because of our longstanding partnership. In the past, BOMA members have repeatedly offered their spaces as venues for hosting blood drives—particularly in times of crisis.

    Here you will find the current site requirements provided by the American Red Cross. Members interested in hosting a blood drive at their property should reach out to our American Red Cross liaison Brian Boyle at Brian.Boyle@redcross.org.

    In addition to spaces to host blood drives, there is also a need for donors. If you are able, consider donating to a blood drive in your area. Please reach out to Government Affairs & PAC Manager Meg Novak with any questions.

  • 04/30/2020 2:42 PM | Caroline Conklin (Administrator)

    Energy & Environment

    BOMA International Wins 13th ENERGY STAR Award

    BOMA International has been notified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it has been recognized with the 2020 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award for continued leadership and superior contributions to energy efficiency. BOMA International now has received a total of 13 ENERGY STAR awards, making it the most decorated commercial real estate association. The Sustained Excellence award is the highest honor among ENERGY STAR awards, recognizing partner organizations that go above and beyond the recognition criteria and demonstrate year after year how energy efficiency protects public health and the environment while delivering economic benefits.

    BOMA was recognized this year based on a number of notable programs and initiatives, including: conducting outreach related to the ENERGY STAR building score update; promoting the importance of ENERGY STAR as it was threatened in the federal appropriations process; the ground-breaking W2 Challenge that promoted water and waste benchmarking using EPA’s Portfolio Manager® tool; and a variety of additional, long-running energy management trainings, resources and programs. Congratulations to all BOMA members and partners for their part in achieving this honor, and congratulations to all member companies that also earned ENERGY STAR awards this year.

  • 04/30/2020 2:42 PM | Caroline Conklin (Administrator)
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    State and Local

    BOMA Language Added to DHS Guidance on Essential Personnel

    Recommendations from BOMA International have been incorporated into federal guidance on identifying essential personnel—a key issue during the COVID-19 emergency. As state and local governments began to implement stay-at-home orders, many turned to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for guidance. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) of DHS had released an advisory document; commercial facilities were specified as part of the nation’s critical infrastructure, but the guidance was otherwise vague on how that related to specific personnel. BOMA sent a letter to CISA requesting revisions based on the advocacy efforts already underway by many BOMA local associations. CISA has released the latest update of its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce and it includes our suggested language word-for-word:

    Workers supporting the operations of commercial buildings that are critical to safety, security, and the continuance of essential activities, such as onsite property managers, building engineers, security staff, fire safety directors, janitorial personnel, and service technicians (e.g., mechanical, HVAC, plumbers, electricians and elevator).

    This DHS guidance document will likely remain an important reference point going forward. Please contact Director of State and Local Affairs Ken Rosenfeld with any questions.

  • 04/30/2020 2:41 PM | Caroline Conklin (Administrator)
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    State and Local

    BOMA Releases New Tool to Track COVID-Related State Legislation

    U.S. state and local governments have been at the center of the COVID-19 emergency, and BOMA local associations have been hard at work ensuring that policies both slow the spread of the virus and also allow essential services to continue. Most government actions have taken place through executive orders, but a next wave of policy activity will be coming soon as many state legislatures are still in session. Some of this activity may significantly inform commercial real estate operations, especially as governments across the U.S. consider plans for reopening businesses. As first reported in BOMA International's Insider last week, to assist members with tracking any COVID-related state legislation, BOMA International has prepared a live report that details all current bills introduced at the state level that directly relate to the pandemic. The report will automatically update with the latest information, and members are welcome to share it.

    Additionally, to see a comprehensive list of non-legislative actions in your state—including executive orders, emergency declarations, travel restrictions, school closures, etc.—visit our partner, the National Governors Association. Between these two resources, you can track major actions that have already taken place in your state and stay on top of potential upcoming legislation

  • 04/30/2020 2:41 PM | Caroline Conklin (Administrator)

    Federal

    U.S. Congress Approves Additional Relief Funding

    On Thursday, April 23, Congress overwhelmingly passed additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the most prominent small business assistance program from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, or “Phase 3” of Congress’s coronavirus response.

    Intended to prop up struggling small businesses during the pandemic shutdown, the PPP ran out of funds within days of coming online. Nearly $350 billion in funds was originally available for businesses with less than 500 employees to take out loans up to $10 million. While this program was just one of many loan programs created in the CARES Act, its ability to convert into a grant if used towards payroll, rent and utilities made it a favorite among cash-strapped businesses.

    Congressional leaders have since spent the last few weeks negotiating plans to infuse the program with additional funds and help protect smaller, “Main Street” businesses. These negotiations resulted in what is being referred to as “Phase 3.5.” This phase includes $380 billion for PPP and other smaller business loans; a $75 billion increase in funds for hospitals; and an additional $25 billion for COVID-19 testing. BOMA will continue to work with Congress on practical solutions as the long-term economic effects of the coronavirus shutdown impact our members and tenants.

  • 04/30/2020 2:40 PM | Caroline Conklin (Administrator)

    Federal

    BOMA International Calls on Congress to Consider Industry Coronavirus Concerns

    As the U.S. Congress considers additional legislation to address the COVID-19 pandemic, BOMA International is asking lawmakers to take into consideration measures that ensure both the physical safety of property professionals and tenants and the financial security of the commercial real estate industry.

    BOMA’s most pressing concerns are outlined in an April 16 letter to congressional leadership, authored by BOMA International Chair Scott Jones and BOMA International President Henry Chamberlain. The key concepts were vetted by BOMA International's Government Affairs Committee Chair Geoff Wardle, BOMA Fellow, and Vice Chair Mary Lantz, LCAM, RPA, as part of their ongoing work to help BOMA formulate legislative strategies and priorities for issues affecting commercial real estate.

    Specifically, we are asking Congress to consider and act on the following:

    • the safety of and liability protection for property owners and operators;

    • the need for business interruption and pandemic risk insurance;

    • improvements to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP); and

    • inclusion of (c)(6) trade associations in the small business programs created in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

    This letter to Congress is just one of the many ways BOMA International and its members have sought to partner with the public sector to help keep Americans safe and sustain the industry. While it does not encompass all the issues the commercial real estate industry is currently facing, this communication highlights the most significant, pressing concerns as BOMA continues to advocate at every opportunity. As the situation further develops, we will continue to engage Congress directly and work with our coalition partners to identify comprehensive solutions.

  • 02/28/2020 2:15 PM | Caroline Conklin (Administrator)

    Building Codes

    BOMA Participates on the NFPA Reconditioned Electrical Equipment Taskforce

    BOMA International was invited by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to have a voting seat on the Reconditioned Electrical Equipment Taskforce. NFPA requested our participation as BOMA is the only national association representing major building owners that provides members with a building and fire code presence in building-related codes and standards. The taskforce was formed by NFPA to focus on the reuse of existing electrical equipment; restoration of damaged equipment following floods, fires and other natural disasters; and for equipment that becomes outdated and reserviced in lieu of replacement. The taskforce is currently focusing on definitions that affect reconditioning to make sure they are separate from what is considered ordinary repair and maintenance. BOMA is also working to remove language that refers to individuals performing any work as being a third party. BOMA’s position is that the requirements should focus on qualifications and training, which wou ld allow building owners to perform the work with qualified in-house staff.


  • 02/28/2020 2:15 PM | Caroline Conklin (Administrator)
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    Energy & Environment

    Apply for Recognition as a Green Lease Leader

    As BOMA members continue to lead the way on sustainability, we know that many of you are including “green” language in lease clauses and corporate guidelines. Be sure to get the recognition you deserve by applying to the Green Lease Leaders program. The deadline for the 2020 application period is March 31. Green Lease Leaders celebrates and validates leading-edge landlords, tenants, real estate teams and governments in the commercial office, retail and industrial sectors. If you’re driving higher performance in leased buildings by addressing energy efficiency and sustainability, visit Green Lease Leaders to see if you qualify for this national recognition.

  • 02/28/2020 2:14 PM | Caroline Conklin (Administrator)

    BOMAPAC

    BOMAPAC Raises $20,000 at Winter Business Meeting

    BOMAPAC launched its “$100K in 2020” fundraising initiative at the Winter Business Meeting. Reaching $100,000 in contributions this year is an ambitious, but entirely achievable, goal with the collective efforts of each member and BOMA local association. Our first fundraiser of the year, which took place during the meeting, exceeded all expectations and brought in $20,000—20 percent of our year-end goal. We need to continue on this path to success over the next ten months. We are asking each local association to host a fundraiser this year, and for members to consider upgrading their giving to the next level. For information on the different giving levels, please click here. You can also stay up-to-date on our progress by visiting the BOMAPAC section of BOMA.org. For more information on BOMAPAC fundraisers, please contact Government Affairs & PAC Manager, Meg Novak, at mnovak@boma.org.

  • 02/28/2020 2:14 PM | Caroline Conklin (Administrator)

    Advocacy

    Government Affairs Committee Meeting Summary Now Available

    During the 2020 Winter Business Meeting, the Government Affairs Committee (GAC) met to discuss issues of federal, state and local importance to BOMA members, as well as provide updates on energy issues and BOMAPAC fundraising. The meeting covered a vast array of topics and generated a robust discussion, especially during the state and local issues forum where BOMA Association Executives (BAEs) and local leaders compared and contrasted the trends they are facing in their respective markets. To capture the information conveyed at the GAC, we created an advocacy meeting summary document, which outlines subcommittee updates and includes new resources. Participation in our advocacy committees is an essential tool for BOMA members across the country to connect over common issues to build stronger defenses for the commercial real estate industry.

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The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of 93 BOMA U.S. associations, BOMA Canada and its 11 regional associations and 13 BOMA international affiliates. Founded in 1907, BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types including nearly 10 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 3.7 million jobs and contributes $205 billion to the U.S. GDP. Its mission is to advance the interests of the entire commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information. BOMA/New Jersey has been federated with BOMA International since 1974. Find BOMA International online at www.boma.org.


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